PDC International Corp., a global manufacturer of precision shrink sleeve labeling and shrink banding machinery, has introduced a system for the precise application of tamper-evident shrink bands to tapered and straight-wall canisters, including the oval “sqround” (oval “square rounds”) tubs used for deli and dairy products.
The FC-200 sanitary design shrink bander is a robust, flexible system engineered specifically for containers used for ice cream, spreads, oatmeal, yogurt, and dried fruit. Fully mechanical, these systems perform without vacuum or pneumatic devices, or spinning knives – the three major causes of difficulty and downtime.
Equally important, they meet all sanitary environment criteria, including requirements related to construction, access, ease of cleaning, and hygiene. Sanitary construction features include zero penetration of hollow frame members, motorized wash-down modes for cleaning, and stainless mesh guarding rather than typical polycarbonate panels.
PDC F Series sanitary systems are all stainless steel and use exclusive PDC blade technology, which delivers months of clean, perfect cuts. They are technologically superior to fragile “spinning knife” devices, whose average service life is measured in just days. PDC blades not only have an average service life of months or longer, but blades can be both reversed and repeatedly re-sharpened, for a service life that is unsurpassed in this type of machinery.
FC-200 Series shrink banders operate at 30 to 300 cpm and use dual servos for reliability in product handling and sleeve feeding. They are ideally suited for the application of tamper-evident shrink bands to tapered and straight-walled tubs, including both traditional round containers and the “sqround” containers now popular in the ice cream industry.
PDC International Corp., Norwalk, CT 203-853-1516 www.pdc-corp.com
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